Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Stirs Up a Different Kind of Brew at Atlantic City Convention Center
By Phil Stilton
On Friday night, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg closed out the opening night at the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival with a one hour performance of classic Ramones hits. The band, the incarnation of Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame drummer, Marky Ramone is in the midst of a four month world tour. Ramone said he formed the band to keep the spirit and the music of the Ramones alive for a new generation and chose Toms River resident, and former Misfit’s front man Michale Graves to carry on the vocals for the late Joey Ramone.
Graves and the Blitzkrieg rocked the auditorium with a full hour of classics, injected with some of Graves’ songs he wrote while a member of the legendary New Jersey punk band, The Misfits.
Old and young alike in the audience came together to enjoy the band’s last stop in New Jersey before heading to Greece to kick off the European leg of their tour. The band also plays in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Germany and the UK. Their last U.S. performance of the tour is Sunday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
Marky said that he started Blitzkrieg while on tour with his previous band, Marky Ramone and the Intruders and fans would chant “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go” and would not give up until they pulled out a classic from the archives. According to Marky, he feels he’s keeping the legacy of the Ramones alive and says that after decades of playing the hits, he still enjoys playing the songs and entertaining fans. Marky says he’s doing what he feels the three deceased members of the band, singer Joey, bassist Dee Dee and guitarist Johnny would want, which is keeping the music alive.
On Graves, in a recent interview Ramone said he made the right choice with Graves. “He’s my singer now. He was an integral part of the Misfits and we enjoy each other’s company. He’s a really great front man.”